A network security attack can be most people’s worst nightmare. It can happen at home or at the office. Losing data and possibly being sued as a result are not things to be taken lightly.
Since a network security attack scenario is actually on the rise, it just makes sense for everyone to keep on top of their network security.
The good news is that it is not that hard to do. Some simple tools and some common sense can go a long way to protecting your private information from those who would just love to get their hands on it.
It is important that you share these tips with all the people who have access to your network. Whether that is your wife and kids or twenty employees. You security is only as strong as it’s weakest link.
It only takes one mistake to jeopardize your whole network and cause huge headaches… or worse.
Keeping some simple things in mind, and making sure everyone using your network keeps them in mind too, can help a lot.
Here are some things to do and make sure that everyone on your network is doing too:
1. Install a firewall. Actually, most modern operating systems come with firewalls already installed. Make sure that they are activated. Do not turn your firewall off or it could become a big problem.
2. Make sure that you have a secured network that requires each user to have their own password. It’s also a good idea to make it a habit to change these passwords every few months too.
Sometimes it can be as easy as coming up with several passwords all at once, writing them down and keeping that list in a secure place, and alternating between them. That way you don’t have to worry about forgetting your new password.
3. Microsoft will provide updates and patches to counter any new attacks or weaknesses, make sure you install them when they become available. In order for your system to stay protected and safe, you must keep it updated and protected.
4. Get, and keep updated on all changes, anti-virus software on all computers in the network. These too will have updates, sometimes on a daily basis. Make sure that you add these updates when available.
Now is not the time to “cheap out”. Invest in quality software to keep your network secure.
It’s sad, but there are many thieves around today who would just love the opportunity to sneak into your system and steal your information to be sold or just take your money.
It’s up to you to stay diligent and do everything in your power to keep them away from you and your network. Also, make sure you discuss all this with your family and all who use your networks.
By just following these simple tips and using some common sense (and making sure everyone who uses the networks follow them too) you can do a lot to protect yourself and your home network from a network security attack.